Author Archives: Pete Alles

NFPA member news
This past week Eric Lanke and I attended the 30th anniversary function for HED, an NFPA member of more than 20 years. CEO Paul Ludwig hosted the event, which included facility tours, an outdoor display of mobile machinery, and indoor facility tours highlighting product development. The focus of HED is on the electronic control of...

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Education Roadmap road to horizon
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at a conference of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), held in Pittsburgh. My presentation provided an overview of the fluid power industry, it’s size, composition, and some general trends, as well as some things NFPA is doing to help keep fluid...

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Education Roadmap road to horizon
On the way to a presentation on fluid power at a National Tooling & Machining Association event, I had the opportunity to visit Hunt Valve. Located in Salem, Ohio, Hunt Valve is one of NFPA’s newest members, having joined in March 2017. Hunt Valve specializes in severe-duty valves for applications that include primary metals, process,...

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Minneapolis Regional Tour
The latest Minneapolis Regional Meeting was held April 11 at the Brooklyn Park, Minnesota location of Hennepin Technical College (HTC).  The meeting drew about 45 people, with a mix of NFPA member manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers, as well as some prospective members and fluid power instructors from HTC. John Stenz of Force America and the NFPA...

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Annual Conference
Held at the beginning of February in Maui, Hawaii, the 2017 NFPA Annual Conference drew more than 200 overall attendees, with 78 member companies represented. Among the attendees were 21 who attended for the first time, and 18 from among NFPA's Future Leaders group. The conference schedule included multiple networking opportunities, as well as insights...

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The Market Outlook Report (MOR) has been a staple in the menu of NFPA market information offerings for over 15 years. It was never a main course item, like the Confidential Shipment Statistics or Forecast Services, but it was a frequently downloaded and appreciated side dish of sorts. The MOR provided an overview of trends...

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Customer Technology Trends
About a year ago, we wrote about our series of Customer Technology Trends reports, and how we took a beating on the first couple, but each successive round had gotten better. Well, this year's round 4 report, Hydraulic Components and IoT in Mobile Machinery, by IHS Markit, was a clear winner.  The report is based...

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NFPA member news
Erica Rasmussen joined NFPA September 21 as an Association Marketing Manager.  Erica will work in tandem with Katrina Schwarz on NFPA's Member Service and Marketing Team. A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Public Relations and Event Planning, Erica had internships with State Farm Insurance and at Kohl's Corporate, and was...

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NFPA membership continues to grow
The full report - Hydraulic Components and IoT in Mobile Machinery - by IHS Markit, is now available to all members on the NFPA website at http://www.nfpa.com/fluidpower/customertrends-secure.aspx. The report was commissioned by NFPA to develop an understanding of the current state and expected evolution of IoT (Internet of Things) technology on hydraulics for mobile applications and...

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NFPA membership continues to grow
You've probably heard of the Internet of Things...but do you know what it will mean for fluid power in coming years?  Machine connectivity and data flow via the web could have wide-ranging effects on products, systems, service, as well as customer expectations. NFPA commissioned a survey-based study by IHS Markit to take a look at several key...

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